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Sottsass Collection Wristwatch, Model STBD007, Japan, 1993

3,200.00
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Sottsass Collection Wristwatch, Model STBD007, Japan, 1993

3,200.00

First edition, out-of-production SOTTSASS COLLECTION wrist watches designed by Ettore Sottsass, released in Japan by Seiko in 1992. Production of this collection was limited to a small number due to the highly skilled and meticulous manufacturing required to create such a complex yet subtile design.

Seiko
Japan, c. 1993
sapphire glass, stainless steel, base metal, leather, plastic

MPN: 7N01-6H20
Case: base metal, stainless steel back
Size: 31 mm
Signed: dial and case
This example retains its original leather band. Sold with the original box, instruction booklet and hang tag. 

The multi-layered sapphire crystal bears different screen printed graphics at each level, which is what creates the unique floating effect on these watches and chronographs. A very subtile and clever design requiring high manufacturing skills and means, the sapphire crystal was costly, and difficult to cut in thin layers. The high cost of manufacturing is what put these watches out of production.

Later, in 1995 and 1996, Seiko modified Ettore Sottsass’s designs for a limited re-edition called SOTTSASS SPIRIT (in the spirit of Sottsass).

This collection of eleven wrist watches and chronographs are all original edition, designed with four chronographs and made with three layers of sapphire crystal.

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First edition, out-of-production SOTTSASS COLLECTION wrist watches designed by Ettore Sottsass, released in Japan by Seiko in 1992. Production of this collection was limited to a small number due to the highly skilled and meticulous manufacturing required to create such a complex yet subtile design.

Seiko
Japan, c. 1993
sapphire glass, stainless steel, base metal, leather, plastic

MPN: 7N01-6H20
Case: base metal, stainless steel back
Size: 31 mm
Signed: dial and case
This example retains its original leather band. Sold with the original box, instruction booklet and hang tag. 

The multi-layered sapphire crystal bears different screen printed graphics at each level, which is what creates the unique floating effect on these watches and chronographs. A very subtile and clever design requiring high manufacturing skills and means, the sapphire crystal was costly, and difficult to cut in thin layers. The high cost of manufacturing is what put these watches out of production.

Later, in 1995 and 1996, Seiko modified Ettore Sottsass’s designs for a limited re-edition called SOTTSASS SPIRIT (in the spirit of Sottsass).

This collection of eleven wrist watches and chronographs are all original edition, designed with four chronographs and made with three layers of sapphire crystal.